POL201Y1 Lecture Notes - Infant Mortality, Negative Liberty

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We classify the world as development and democracy. Development is the movement from a trade/agro society toward markets and exchange of goods. Countries at higher levels of development are wealthier, and countries move toward development. Wealth is only desirable if it increases standard of living, like healthcare. We shouldnt measure gnp alone, development should also re ect human well being (infant mortality, access to healthcare and drinking water). This changes the scale on which countries rank as far as developed. Some theories go further, and also include freedom. A country can thus be wealthy, and provide physical protection, but if the society does not allow freedom, then it no longer ranks the same as far as being developed. You can make the de nition of development thin, with only gnp or thick, with other factors added. This class assumes that all countries are at some stage of development, and does not focus on the global south.

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